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Leonora A. Geiger-Miller

Pittsgrove, NJ, US | Member Since 2011

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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3436)
    Performance
    (2441)
    Story
    (2446)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "What a Great Find!"
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    Where does The Potato Factory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top five. Not romantized..When I initially began to listen I felt as if I was listening to a modern Dickens Tale. Interestingly, Dickens is later introduced into the story as a minor character. Initially I was concerned that the book was going to be a bit too graphic for my taste but these were brutal times!


    What other book might you compare The Potato Factory to and why?

    Well researched looking forward to the next book in the trilogy.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    He brought the book to life!!!I felt the narrator performance was exquisite. He gave the characters a true voice and personality.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Actually, too long to enjoy in one sitting.I listen to audio books a lot when I drive and a true test is when I sit in the garage and listen because the story is so engaging. I did this with this book!


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  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15652)
    Performance
    (12954)
    Story
    (13589)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "What's all the hype?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    An adolescent...


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I found it totally unbelievable. It was a bad romance novel turned porn...


    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    It just wasn't believable...Something about this young supposed innocent who allowed this guy to prey on her is disturbing to me and that fact that it might be viewed as acceptable treatment by a young woman listening to it is upsetting to me.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, I actually knew by the first hour of listening that I wasn't thrilled but I kept expecting it to become something more redeeming. So I listened to the whole thing but I can guarantee you I will not bother with the other two books in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased it because of all the media hype. I will think twice before I do that again!

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  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3123)
    Performance
    (2685)
    Story
    (2703)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Figured It All Out...Early On"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I felt the story was too easily figured out! It did intrigue me in the beginning but it soon lost its spark. A good piece of fiction is something to get lost in but I kept looking for inonsistencies in the telling of the story...I was distracted.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kate Morton? Why or why not?

    Probably not, because of the feeling of being distracted because of looking for inconsistencies in the story. I felt characters from the present knew too much about the past without solid information.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    Jimmy


    Could you see The Secret Keeper being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, but probably will be made into some type of made for TV dribble.


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